The beautiful fugitive, Grace, arrives in the isolated township of Dogville on the run from a team of gangsters. With some encouragement from Tom, the self-appointed town spokesman, the little community agrees to hide her and in return, Grace agrees to work for them. However, when a search sets in, the people of Dogville demand a better deal in exchange for the risk of harbouring poor Grace and she learns the hard way that in this town, goodness is relative. But Grace has a secret and it is a dangerous one. Dogville may regret it ever began to bare its teeth… —Cannes Film Festival
With a back-story (almost) as singular as his films, Danish director Lars von Trier was one of the most exceptional filmmakers to burst onto the international film scene in the 1990s. Unapologetically confident in his artistry and an unabashed provocateur, von Trier could kick up a fuss about his behavior, but his stylistic brio, extreme narratives, and ability with actors prevented such films as Zentropa (1991), The Kingdom (1994), Breaking the Waves (1996), and Dancer in the Dark (2000) from being eclipsed by their creator. Even as he openly sought a larger audience by making films in English, von Trier’s success helped resurrect Scandinavian cinema’s international prominence; his intense fear of flying ensured he’d never “go Hollywood.”
Raised by his radical, nudist Communist parents in an unconventional environment where, as von Trier once put it, everything was permitted except “feelings, religion and enjoyment,” von Trier blossomed into a neurotic, left-wing, movie-loving… read more
In spite of the film's controversy and horrific depiction of America capitalist society, Dogville poses the question of every citizen's morality and the truth and denial of the American life. It is one of the best examples to use minimalism and treating the film to be like a stage-play.
Von Trier si lancia in un ambizioso e originale lavoro:una quasi totale assenza di scenografia per mettersi completamente al servizio degli attori.Se all inizio regna lo spaesamento,pian piano ci si cala benissimo negli umori di questa ignobile comunità,intrisa di vera cattiveria e costellata di ostilità e squallore.Lo sdegno cresce sempre di più fino al fantastico finale che sà di giustizia.Nicole splendida. 4*
There were so many things that I loved and hated about this movie. The fact that I could feel both, simultaneously, says just how good this movie really is.
At the beginning, I easily detected that I had drifted into the realm of allegory and symbolism, two things which I pretty much detest. I used to eat that up because when you’re 13 years old, that’s… read review
Para ver DOGVILLE hay que adentrarse en la cabeza un poco de LARZ VON TRIER , esa locura que tanto admiramos y que por muchos un tanto incomprendida incluso por mi un autor que atrves de su carrera… read review
Bold, disturbing, dark and bleak would be the best ways to describe Dogville. Von Trier’s pessimistic look at true evil in people is all of these things. Von Trier has balls, being a dutch native… read review